Americans aren’t very healthy-80 million people have some form of heart disease (American Heart Assosciation) -1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will have cancer in his or her lifetime (National Cancer Institute) -Over 20 million children and adults have diabetes (American Diabetes Association) -64% of adults are overweight (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) -About 59% od adults do not engage in any vigorous leisure-time physical activities (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) -Our national health care expenditures were 2 trillion in 2005 or $6,700 per person (National Coalition on Health Care) Our children are unhealthy, too -By the age of 12, an estimated 70% of our children have developed the beginning stages of hardening of the arteries. (Bogalusa Heart Study) -1 in 3 Americans born in 200 will develop diabetes (Journal of the American Medical Association) -1 in 4 children is obese (International Journal of Obesity) -Nearly 50% of obese adolescents remain obese as adults (International Journal of Obesity) -7% of school age children are diagnosed with ADHD (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) -About 6% od elementary school children and 7% of adolescent children miss 11 or more days of school yearly due to illness or injury. (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) -Over 93% of all children and adolescents do not consume the recommended 3 servings of vegetables per day. (Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine) Why are we SO unhealthy? -Poor food choices -Not drinking enough water -Lack of exercise -Stressful lifestyles -Environmental factors -Sleep deprivation -Approach to medicine: “Treatment” instead of “Prevention” What can we do about it?